Group calling was a much-requested feature on WhatsApp, and the app finally got it earlier this year. However, making a group call can turn out to be quite a chore for some as it requires you to start a one-on-one call first, and then add participants. But, according to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing a feature that will make group calling easier.
The new feature will soon let WhatsApp users start a group call straight from their group chat. Previously you had to suffer making a one-on-one call first (normal call), and then add contacts one-by-one to convert that normal call into a group call. But with this new feature, it lets you select the contacts for group calling quickly if you are in a common group with your contacts.
How exactly does it work?
After you tap on the group call button located in the top-right corner, you will be presented with a list of group members. You can then select the members you want to start a group call with. Users will also be presented with two buttons – one for video calling, and the other for audio calling. However, do note that as WhatsApp only allows a maximum of four members in a group call, you will only be able to select a maximum of three members from the list to start a group call with, because the fourth one would be you (now that’s common sense, isn’t it?).
Having said that, it’s needless to say that if you start a group call from a group chat, you will only be able to talk to the members of that group in that specific group call. If you want to start a group call with friends or family members who are not a member of the same group, you will still have the option to start a one-on-one group call, and then add participants.
With that being said, do note that this new feature is currently only available to iPhone users using beta version 184.108.40.206 of WhatsApp. We’ll keep you updated once the feature hits the Android beta version of WhatsApp.